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Australia Fires

Photograph of the fires taken from the sky by NASA Fire season in northern Australia usually wraps up by October, but 2011 has been an exceptional year. In mid-November, dry grasses and low humidity combined to create extremely dangerous fire conditions, prompting the Queensland Fire and Rescue service to issue a warning. Because of the […]
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  • RSS Membrane Domain

    • Strange July Weather
      NASA reports that North America weather patterns for July 2014 were upside down: If you live in the northern hemisphere, the past few weeks have been strange. In places where it should be seasonably hot—the eastern and southern United States and western Europe—it’s just been warm. In places where weather is usually mild in the […]
    • Consequences Of Climate Change
      NASA scientists warn: Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss […]
    • Climate Change and the Presidental Action Plan
      The President’s Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution in America Reducing Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Power plants are the largest major source of emissions in the U.S., together accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas pollution. PROGRESS: In September 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed carbon pollution s […]
  • RSS Global Warming

    • Forward-Looking Analyses are Key to Comparing Clean Energy Benefits
      By Peter SopherSource: Kuebi, Armin Kübelbeck Good science should spark debate. It’s the nature of the field, after all. You ask questions, search for data and then debate what it means or what actions the data should spur. Such a debate is underway now, and it is adding fuel to an old fire. In May 2014, Dr. Charles R. Frank of the Brookings Institution publ […]
    • Only a 2-month wait, down from 28 years: New EPA risk assessments find paint stripper chemicals pose significant health risks
      By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.  In June, I blogged about the first final risk assessment EPA had issued in 28 years using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), for the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE).  Happily, we only had to wait two months for EPA’s TSCA office to issue final risk assessments fo […]
    • U.S. Lags on Energy Efficiency, but Creative Communications can Help
      By Kate ZerrennerThis post was co-written by Catherine Ittner, Communications Intern, and Catherine Nisson, Clean Energy Research Intern. Source: energyhog.org The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released the second edition of its International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking the energy efficiency efforts of the world’s […]
  • RSS State Of The Climate

    • July 2014 National Overview
      Please see July 2014 National Overview report for more information.
    • July 2014 Global Analysis
      The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for July 2014 was the fourth highest on record for July, at 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 15.8°C (60.4°F). The global land surface temperature was 0.74°C (1.33°F) above the 20th century average of 14.3°C (57.8°F), marking the 10th warmest July on record. For the ocean, t […]
    • July 2014 Drought
      During July 2014, a high amplitude meridional (north-south) pattern dominated the upper-level circulation, with a strong upper-level long-wave trough over the eastern CONUS and an intense upper-level ridge over the West. Much-above-normal temperatures were associated with the western ridge, while much-below-normal temperatures were the rule in the central an […]
  • RSS Global Climate Change – Vital Signs of the Planet – News RSS Feed

    • NASA scientist: 2014 Arctic minimum likely to be among lowest
      As we head toward September, the Arctic is approaching its annual minimum sea ice extent (i.e., the total area covered by at least 15 percent of ice). While it appears 2014 will neither match nor surpass the 2012 record low, we will likely see one of the lowest extents as the ice melt quickens. This time of year is important for climate science (and life). A […]
  • RSS Natural Hazards

    • Hurricane Marie
      The massive storm has churned up the eastern Pacific for a week.
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